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CSL Paralegal Certificate Program: Spring 2015


Paralegal Certificate Program (PCP)

Charlotte School of Law’s Professional Education Division is offering a six-month Paralegal Certificate Program that includes internship opportunities.

Program Dates: January 12 – May 28, 2015
Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6-10p
Graduation: June 5, 2015

Apply Here: http://www.charlottelaw.edu/paralegal/how-apply
Email us: paralegal@charlottelaw.edu
or call: (704) 808-8030

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharlotteLawParalegalProgram

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Now Hiring: Bloomberg BNA Student Product Advocate for Charlotte Law

Bloomberg BNA is seeking an energetic, highly motivated and creative Bloomberg Law Product Advocate to support our organization at your school. The successful candidate will be fully trained to use Bloomberg Law and share expertise with fellow students. This position offers a unique and significant opportunity to shape and build one of the most exciting legal research resources in the legal information services industry!

So, current Charlotte School of Law students — are you interested?

To apply, please visit the Charlotte School of Law Career Services Manager and submit your resume ASAP!

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Student Spotlight: 2014 ABA Annual Meeting Recap

The American Bar Association (“ABA”) is the world’s largest voluntary network of legal professionals and law students, with approximately 400,000 members.  Founded in 1878, the ABA’s mission is based on supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals and law students, while also improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, and establishing model ethical codes.

This year, the ABA hosted its Annual Meeting at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts from August 7th – August 10th, 2014. Judges, attorneys, deans, professors, law students, and other legal professionals from around the world were invited to partake in discussions on ABA initiatives and vote on such initiatives, attend panels and CLEs, and participate in professional networking events. Five Charlotte School of Law students attended the Meeting on behalf of the law school for the Law Student Division: Alexandria “Lexi” Andresen (CSL ABA Representative, 3L), Brittany Smiley (CSL ABA Vice Representative, 2L), Marlowe Rary (SBA President, 3L), Angelo Zingaretti (SBA Senate Chair, 3L), and Maritza Adonis (Fourth Circuit Governor, 2L).

During the Annual Meeting, the Law Student Division accepted donations of school supplies for the children of domestic violence survivors at the Casa Myrna residential program. Charlotte School of Law donated large quantities of pens, pencils, journals, binders, highlighters, and other related school supplies to this cause.

Although the Charlotte Law student representatives were primarily at the Meeting to attend the Law Student division events, they also had the rare opportunity to attend the Judicial Division Lawyers Conference /Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association Joint Reception, organized by Charlotte Law Professor, Carolyn Dubay.  Many prominent judges and attorneys from across the country were also in attendance at this event, including: the Honorable Judge Frank D. Whitney, Chief Judge of the District Court of Western District of North Carolina; the Honorable Patti B. Saris, Chair, U.S. Sentencing Commission and Chief United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; and the Honorable Ben C. Clyburn, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland. The event took place at the Historical John Adams Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

Notably, Charlotte School of Law received a nationally recognized award at the ABA Annual Meeting—The Excellence in Membership and Programming Award.  This award recognizes Charlotte Law for its outstanding ABA membership efforts, involvement, and activity in the ABA Law Student Division. Charlotte Law’s student representatives accepted the award on behalf of the school in front of national ABA officers and 102 other law schools represented at the event.

ABA Representative Lexi Andresen states:

When Charlotte Law was announced as the recipient of the Excellence in Membership & Programming Award, the first thought that went through my mind was how appreciative I am of the students involved in the ABA at Charlotte School of Law. We work very hard to put on events that are interesting, informative, and provide networking opportunities for students. I am incredibly pleased that our efforts and the participation of the Charlotte Law student body in ABA events, were recognized on a national level!

I have had the wonderful opportunity of attending the ABA Annual Meeting two years in a row now. Both times, one thing stuck with me after each meeting – it’s truly amazing how much this organization is making important and substantive changes to the legal system, legal education, and the world in general.

As a Ms. JD Fellowship Recipient, Lexi also had the esteemed opportunity to attend the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Awards Luncheon on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Check out our earlier post on this event for more details!

ABA Vice Representative Britany Smiley sums up the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting with this:

I think I speak on behalf of all of the Charlotte Law student leaders who attended when I say that the trip to Boston was a wonderful experience, both academically and socially. We were able to learn so much about the ABA and everything it has to offer law students, young lawyers and seasoned professionals as well as the many initiatives that the organization is taking in various areas of practice and educational reform. We were also able to network with professionals from around the country, including professors, attorneys, judges, past and present ABA Presidents, as well as student representatives from various schools across the nation. We are excited to bring all that we learned, and the connections that we made, back to Charlotte and cannot wait for the upcoming year!

If you are interested in becoming a member of the ABA Law Student Division at Charlotte School of Law, please visit www.americanbar.org/join.  Please contact the Charlotte School of Law ABA Representative, Alexandria Andresen (andresena@students.charlottelaw.edu), with any questions that you may have regarding ABA involvement.

Congratulations to all of these amazing students for their accomplishments and for taking the time to share their experiences with the Charlotte Law Library blog — and a special thanks to our Core Operations student worker, Mili Banerji, for her assistance in compilation of this article!

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2014 Law School Survey of Student Engagement Results Summary

CharlotteLaw recently received the results of the 2014 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) which showed some notable improvements over last year in several key areas.

We are very proud of the results, which are key indicators of how students perceive their law school experience.

Information of this nature is particularly important for an institution that is student-centered and strives to engender appreciation of the challenges and opportunities associated with building a leadership institution.  Some of the areas in which we saw positive results include:

  • Overall student engagement…up 6.6%
  • Rating of entire educational experience…up 6.4%
  • If you could start over again, would you go to the same law school you are now attending…up 8.7%
  • School is supportive of its students…up 9.7%
  • Relationships with other students…up 1.2%
  • Relationships with faculty members…up 2.6%
  • Relationships with administrative staff and offices…up 11.4%
  • Career development support…up 6.2%
  • Development of critical legal skills…up 3.5%
  • Percentage of students who have participated or plan to participate in academic experiences…up 7.0%
  • Percentage of students who have participated or plan to participate in practical experiences…up 5.9%
  • Serving the community…up 3.0%
  • Student ethics…up 7.3%

LSSSE is an objective organization that surveys students at law schools across the country each year.  The survey measures aspects of the law school experience from relationships with faculty to successful learning outcomes.  The law school then takes what it learns from this important source of feedback and creates action plans for continuing what works well and improving what doesn’t work as well.

As a CharlotteLaw student, please be sure to participate in LSSSE in April 2015 and other surveys throughout the year so that your feedback is heard.

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Student Spotlight: Alexandria Andresen Attends the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award Luncheon


The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. The Brent Awards Luncheon is the place where the Brent Award winners are honored. The Luncheon is a significant event at the ABA Annual Meeting, as national ABA officers, the ABA President, and past Presidents were among those attending the event.

Ms. JD, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization, is the premier national organization for women in the law. Ms. JD is dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. Every year, Ms. JD selects 15-20 rising 3L women around the country to receive the Ms. JD Fellowship.  This year, Charlotte School of Law student, Alexandria “Lexi” Andresen, was one of 17 students from across the country to be selected for the national Fellowship.

Ms. Andresen states:

When I first found out that I had been selected as one of 17 women in the country to be selected for the Ms. JD Fellowship, I was astounded, but appreciative of such a wonderful opportunity. The main purpose of the Fellowship is promote the importance of mentors within the legal profession. I have been fortunate to already have some great mentors in my life, including the incredibly successful mentor that I’ve been paired with through the Ms. JD Fellowship, Sara Holtz of San Francisco, CA. I think it is very important to continue seeking out successful mentors, and to be a mentor myself.

As a Ms. JD Fellowship Recipient, Ms. Andresen had the esteemed opportunity to attend the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Awards Luncheon on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. At the Luncheon, the Brent Award winners were presented with their Awards, and each honoree delivered a 10- to 20- minute speech after the presentation of the Award.

This year, Brent Award was presented to the following five (5) prestigious female attorneys from around the country:

  • ​Honorable Nancy Gertner; Harvard Law School and Judge (Retired); U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Cambridge, MA
  • Anastasia D. Kelly; Co-Managing Partner (Americas); DLA Piper; Washington, DC
  • Allie B. Latimer (PDF); Former General Counsel; General Services Administration; Washington, DC
  • Honorable Kathryn Doi Todd; Associate Justice (Retired); California Court of Appeal, Second District; Los Angeles, CA
  • Marissa C. Wesely (PDF); Of Counsel; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; New York, NY
The Award recipients on the stage at the Luncheon

The Award recipients on the stage at the Luncheon

At the Luncheon, each Brent Award winner delivered motivating and inspirational speeches describing their experiences and how they achieved their many successes. Each woman had her own unique and amazing story; however, a common theme in each of the speeches was the importance of grit and determination of women within the legal profession.  The speeches for each of the Brent Award winners can be found on the ABA Website.

Lexi’s advice to 2Ls looking to apply for the Ms. JD Fellowship next year is:

Get involved in the school and local community, keep up the good grades, and seek out those important mentor/mentee relationships!


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How to Register for Bloomberg Law?

Go to bloomberglaw.com

Click on “Register for a law school account.”


You do not need an activation code. Leave this box blank and continue filling in the required information.


Fill in all the required information.


Click on “I agree with the terms and conditions,” type the text that appears in the window below, and press the “Submit” button.


You will now see the message below thanking you for requesting a Bloomberg Law account. You may need to wait 24-48 hours until your registration is processed.


Once you registration is processed you will receive an email from Bloomberg Law. Go to the Bloomberg Law webpage provided and use your email address & temporary password to log on.


Once you are at the Bloomberg Law website, log on with your email and temporary password.


After you sign in, you will be prompted to create a new password. Please enter your new password, confirm your new password, and press “Submit.”


You will now be directed to Bloomberg Law.


Download the instructions by clicking here, and as always, feel free to contact the library with any questions!

~Brian Trippodo~

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Announcement: New CLE Event on Professionalism for New Attorneys


Title: Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA)
Date: Friday, October 10 – Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p [Check-in begins at 8:30a]
Location: Charlotte School of Law – Charlotte Plaza Building


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